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So I finally have all the parts I need to restore my 1972 DT250 engine. Basically I'm just replacing all the gaskets and rubber parts and got new engine bolts since the old ones were nothing more then stripped out nubs. As my first time putting an engine together, is there anything that the average forum posts and youtube videos wont mention? I have watched and read a decent amount but I am still kind of unsure as to what exactly should get threadlock, if I should oil anything in particular. Those kind of things. I have all the internal parts bone dry right now after days cleaning rust, oil, and dirt. Also, If I want to do a coat of engine paint, would I want it assembled first or should I do each part individually? I have seen a lot of videos of people painting on assembled engines and a lot with them apart. Pros and cons? I am hoping to get it together tomorrow afternoon if I can wrestle the free time. Thanks for any and all help!
 

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Should use assembly lube when putting together any parts that move.
Clean threads of everything and if inside threads are dirty run a tap thru them,
I personally put one drop of light oil on bolt threads which will need to be torqued to a specific value.
put it together once, Check and recheck steps,
If you're using a sealant, Use Hylomar blue or something of very good quality,
And not too much beer during assembly, Its for after!
Keep us posted!
 

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Can't add to the above post, damn perfect.
As to painting, paint that parts while things are not assembled. It prevents bridging and that hastily rattlecanned look.

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If you are going to paint do it now,
When I do metal parts I paint,
I paint outdoors and allow to dry to touch,
Then,
Put in oven at about 120*
30 min later I raise temp to 200-225*
about an hour or two later I turn oven off and let cool on its own over the next couple hours,
DO NOT open the door,
BEST done when wife is not home,
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This will harden the spray paint like you wont believe and it will be more durable than if you dont bake your parts,
 

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Hey awesome advice. If I do the oven hardening, does it ruin my oven like powder coating? Or will be fine to bake a victory pizza in that very same oven? Will post pics once it's assembled!
 
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